The AFCI has been busy for 3 years! Attached to this newsletter is the latestflyer with updates on our major programs: Transportation, Communications and Information, Exercise and Recreation, Home Safety, and Morning Greeting. How do you think we’re doing with these programs? We’d love to get your feedback and suggestions! And here’s your chance.
We have a simple 2-page evaluation tool at various sites in the communities (details to follow), and we invite your participation. Have you been a part of any of our programs? If not, did you know about the programs? Whatever the case, you can tell us what you think.
At the voting polls on Tuesday, June 12 – Bethel, Greenwood, Gilead, Hanover, Newry and Woodstock - look for our table with the stack of evaluation forms. Look for them in other sites over the summer. It’s easy to fill out and leave at the site, but if you can’t, you may mail it to the AFCI, c/o Bethel Town Office, PO Box 1660, Bethel, ME 04217. OR – complete it at home. You may connect to the evaluation through our website and complete it online (www.agefriendlybethel.org).
One of our programs, identified as the highest priority need in our 2015 survey, is the Neighbor-to-Neighbor (N2N) Volunteer Driver Program. Designed to meet the needs of seniors (age 60 and over) in the AFCI communities, it provides free local medical and non-medical rides. Call 207-824-4444 at least 3 days in advance of the ride. Rides are dependent on the availability of drivers.
Barbara Schneider (Maine Adaptive Sports and AFCI) and Al Cressy (AFCI) recently attended a conference in Augusta hosted by Maine Council on Aging, AARP Maine and MaineDOT. With a focus on coordinating community mobility solutions, participants addressed supporting, growing and integrating volunteer driver programs within the State.Three years ago Nancy Davis helped found the Age-Friendly Community Initiative and has since served as Vice Chair and Communications and Outreach Chairs. She is committed to community engagement and collaboration. Her goals for both digital and printed materials have been to be complete transparent in the AFCI’s work and to provide information about a variety of services and age-friendly activities in the communities and pertinent tips on issues related to health, safety, and well-being. Nancy and her husband Mac, both retired educators, have lived on Songo Pond for four decades. Music is a big part of their lives, and they both sing in the Oratorio Chorale in Brunswick, as well as the Bethel group that has sung Richard Blanco/Tom Davis works.
Remember that Meals on Wheels is there for those who qualify – no financial eligibility requirement; clients must be homebound and over 60 years old or disabled. FMI: SeniorsPlus (1-800-427-1241). Area Farmers Markets are here! Bethel’s is on Saturdays, 9am-1pm at 1 Parkway Rd., offering “a wide variety of meats, dairy, veggies, eggs, soaps, fiber, preserves, honey, maple syrup, baked goods and more!” The Greenwood Farmers' Market is every Friday, 4-6 p.m. at the Greenwood Town Hall on Rt. 26, Locke Mills. “We have a growing list of vendors supplying food, art, plants, you name it!”
The 28th Annual Maine Geriatrics Conference will be held Thursday/Friday, June 14-15 in Bar Harbor, Maine. Topics include Improving Patient Activation, Isolation, Asking for Help, End of Life, Age-Friendly Cities, Aging in Place, LGBT Aging, and making our own Herbal Tinctures. To register:https://www.regonline.com/registration/login.aspx?eventID=2152838&MethodId=0&EventsessionId. And FMI:[mailto:email@example.com]
From the Community Calendar, Tuesday the 12th: Supper/Dance at the American Legion; Wednesday the 13th: Bethel Senior Citizens Club; Friday the 15th: Fish Fry Friday, Andover Summer Concert Series; Saturday the 16th: Texas Hold ‘Em, Berry Bowls, Woodstock Alumni Meeting; Wednesday the 20th: Try the Potter’s Wheel; Thursday the 21st:Breau’s Too Cruise Night.
The Bethel Family Health Center supports this link to family hikes rated age-friendly and easy to moderate. http://www.healthreachchc.org/Bethel/Default_hike.aspx
You may tap into AARP’s webinar series on helping family caregivers at:
https://onlinexperiences.com/scripts/Server.nxp?LASCmd=AI:4;F:APIUTILS!51004&PageID=74C02567-89C0-446C-BE28-73C79E49B77E&AffiliateData=Eletter&cmp=EMC-DSO-NLC-WBLTR-CAREGIVING--Senator Susan Collins gives high priority to issues facing Maine seniors. These websites give updates on her efforts around issues like fraud, the effects of the opioid crisis on seniors, and increasing the number of geriatric health professionals.
More tips on caring for Mom in a nursing home(https://community.aarp.org/t5/Caregiving/What-are-the-best-ways-to-celebrate-mother-s-day-when-you-are/m-p/1998948?): “Make her a scrapbook or other memorabilia made from photos - a mug, pillow, quilt etc. Read to her - poetry, a novel - whatever she likes … Take her shopping or bring her a surprise. You might ask if she needs anything or if there is anything that she doesn't need but that she would like - a soft blanket or pillow, a new bed jacket, pay to get her hair done, a massage ... Visit her - take time to visit her in her space and not be in a hurry, just relax, spend time, listen - that is the greatest gift of all - the gift of your time. If your mom is living in a facility, ask if they will have any special activities and try to be there so she won't feel left out.”
We’ve had some glorious weather lately (and some not so much), and many of us will be enjoying it all summer (when we’re not swatting flies or mosquitoes!). For those traveling farther afield, AARP advises how to “Know Your Rights as an Airline Passenger” (https://www.aarp.org/travel/travel-tips/transportation/info-2018/flight-delay-compensation-fd.html?). The AFCI always needs help! Got an hour? Have some ideas? Want to help implement a project? Please contact us: by email, firstname.lastname@example.org; our website, www.agefriendlybethel.org; our Facebook page,@agefriendlybethel. (Nancy Davis)